Although we didn’t cover as much ground within the city as we did yesterday, we still managed to check off a few items from our Brazilian bucket list. We started the day early with a jeep tour of Tijuca National Park. After seeing some exotic wildlife at Sugarloaf yesterday, we were hopeful that we would get to see even more today. Due to traffic it took a while to get to the rain forest, but along the way we got to see where many of the Rio political elite call home. Not surpisingly, many of the homes were surrounded by high walls and designed to blend in with the surrounding jungle. Our first stop within the park was a waterfall. We were told that due to the drought this summer, the water flow was greatly reduced. Its still looked impressive to us and we decided to make waterfall couple pics a megatrip tradition and posed for a picture.
Next we hiked through the forest stoping to see the wildlife whereever we could find it. The guide took us to a few location where sloths and monkeys usually hang out. Sadly they weren’t present this morning. On the plus side, we did get to see some exotic insect life, including blue morpho butterflies and marching ant trails.
After we exited the park, we stopped at the Vista Chinesa to get a great look at Rio from afar. Despite the haze, we could still spot Sugarloaf, Corcovado and Ipanema in the distance.
After we returned to the hotel we went to relax at Copacabana beach. The sand was so hot, but hotel attendants were there to wet the sand with cold water, and set up beach chairs and umbrellas. We really enjoyed our stay at the J.W.Marriott, the service was great! Ryan tried to swim in the ocean, but that didn’t last very long. Despite reports of 24C (75F) ocean temperatures around Rio, the actual temperaure couldn’t have been above 55F.
After spending a few hours working on our tans on the beach, we migrated back to the hotel and spent the rest of the day at the pool.
In the evening, we went out for dinner and walked around buying tchotchkes for family back home. The last thing we did before bed was pack up our bags for the next phase of our trip.
Tomorrow we have an easy morning of lounging around the hotel pool before we catch an afternoon flight to Buenos Aires.
Today’s Weather: Hazy, High: 88F (feels like 91F) Low: 74F
PS… We are very excited not to be experiencing ‘Snowmageddon the 2014 Edition’ back home right now!!
PPS… We officially hit 4000 page views of this blog. Thanks for reading everyone!!